Amy Geiger, music technology teacher at John Jay High School, along with four of her students, presented at the Apple Technology Conference at Briarcliff High School on December 4, 2018. The instructional technology conference was attended by over one hundred educators from throughout Westchester County. Geiger presented an overview of the impressive work happening in her classroom. John Jay students shared their original music and discussed their classroom experience with workshop participants.
Among the John Jay students were senior Jack McMahon, just back from the NYSSMA All-State Winter Conferencein Rochester, New York, where his composition, “Free Flying,” was featured in the Electronic Music Composition Showcase. Lily Oyen, a junior, also attended. Last year, Oyen participated in Future Music Moguls, a highly competitive high school program of New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts. Orion Cummings, a senior, and Luc Giner, a junior, shared their compositions and effective use of software programs Finale v25, GarageBand, Logic Pro X, and Ableton Live 9.
The conference’s purpose was to raise the bar for what’s expected and what’s possible, for learning with technology. Keynote speaker Ted Lai, Education Development Executive at Apple, spoke about technology empowering every individual—and every learner—to create and make a difference in the world.